LCL 460: 557
Fabula Incerta 8
The extant passages and fragments come from mummy cartonnage made apparently from one long roll of papyrus, which may have contained the text of just one play, transcribed in the third century b.c.1 The scribe normally used paragraphi and dicola to indicate changes of speaker, but his practice appears to have been erratic; these signs are often omitted, and occasionally (vv. 5, 50 Arnott = 122 Kassel–Austin, 53 Ar = 125 K-A) dicola are replaced by spaces left between letters. The papyrus roll was eventually separated into at least three parts, first published as follows:
- 1Although there is no physical join linking the fragments of Col.1, Col.2 and Mich., the evidence for their derivation from the same roll—and almost certainly from one play—is convincing. Wherever a full column of text is preserved, with margins to top and bottom, the height is an unvarying 15.5cm, and such columns contain between 18 and 20 lines of text. The writing appears to be by one hand, and the text is set out always in the same way. The reference to a man who is either described as ἡδύς or named Hedys at v. 27 (Col.1) seems to be picked up again in v. 145 (Col.2), and the mention of an Ephesian at v. 27 (Col.1) similarly to be endorsed at v. 168 (Mich.).